The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a final rule regulating coal combustion residuals (CCR). The proposed version arrived roughly four and a half years ago.
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has apparently decided to mark the end of 2014 by dramatically changing its own precedent regarding franchised businesses. On Friday, the Board announced that it has issued 13 complaints involving 78 labor practice charges against McDonald’s.
It was a week with highs and lows in the regulatory world: an ozone proposal that could impose $15 billion in costs and a rule relieving $1.7 billion in burdens on truckers. Annualized costs were $13.9 billion, compared to $38.6 billion in benefits; paperwork declined by 45.2 million hours.
The Department of Energy (DOE) recently released a proposed rule updating the energy efficiency standards for residential dishwashers. The proposal establishes divergent standards for “standard” and “compact” machines. Interestingly, this rulemaking comes only two years since a 2012 direct final rule regulating dishwashers. The unofficial, pre-publication version of the current proposal is 178 pages.
Regulators published $400 million in total regulatory costs this week, thanks to a proposal regulating Accountable Care Organizations. Annualized costs were $129 million, compared to $124 million in benefits, and 115,000 paperwork burden hours.
After the holiday weekend, regulators caught up on new rules, publishing more than $2.4 billion in costs this week. In addition, there were also more than 3.3 million paperwork burden hours added. Menu labeling rules for restaurants and vending machines led the week.
As the election results fade into distant memories, it’s now time for Congress to switch gears and focus on the policy ramifications of the new political reality. With strong majorities in the U.S. House and Senate, there is little doubt Republicans will heighten their focus on executive overreach and regulatory reform. Below are a few achievable policy prescriptions for regulatory reform in the next Congress.
We have numerous concerns about the Clean Power Plan, including legal questions over the use of 111(d) in this circumstance, regulatory overreach implied in outside-the-fenceline compliance contributions, timing in relation to other EPA rules, clarity about rate-based or mass-based compliance, and the complications of assembling new regional compliance partnerships. For the purpose of this comment, however, we would like to specifically highlight concerns with four aspects of EPA’s proposed rule, assuming rate-based compliance: 1) costs and employment implications, 2) baseline considerations, 3) feasibility of building blocks, and 4) implementation concerns.
Just two days before most Americans consumed their highest caloric intake of the year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its long awaited calorie labeling rules for vending machines and certain chain food service providers.
For the fifth consecutive edition, the administration rolled out its regulatory agenda during the holidays, this time, the Friday evening before Thanksgiving. An American Action Forum (AAF) review of the agenda found more than $100 billion in potential costs.